After the year we’ve had, the holidays just do NOT feel the same. Crowds of people that once lined the streets now flip open their laptops to virtually shop for gifts. It is the year of socially distanced and digitally composed Santa photos, and family gatherings & holiday celebrations have gone from grandma’s house to ZOOM.
By this time of the year, with the heaviness of the global pandemic and the lingering fog of uncertainty, we’re all pretty much running on strong coffee and fumes of hope. Millions of us are changing our traditions, travel plans, and trading the extensive parties for petite celebrations with those in our immediate bubble.
These circumstances can be isolating, bringing about feelings of disappointment, anxiety and depression, yet and still, you and your family deserve so many great things. You still deserve enjoyable, fulfilling days with each other; your children are worthy of spending quality time with you unbothered by what is going on outside. You deserve sunshine and smiles on your face. You are worthy of experiencing the joy that remains, even when it seems paradoxical against the background of collective grief and trauma.
During this season, it is imperative that we dig deep for our joy, protect our peace, and delight in our blessings. To be present this season, we must be intentional with our thoughts, in our everyday actions, where we focus our energy, and how we cope.
Following is our guide on how to stay grounded this holiday season.